Again, much of what Governor Cuomo spoke about in today's program had to do with improvements he planned to make to the public school system in the coming months. Our Erin Connolly is standing by with more on this.
NEW YORK STATE -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, "Whether it's upstate or downstate the best long-term economic development strategy is to have the best education system in the world. Period."
Gov. Andrew Cuomo used his fourth State of the State address as a platform to speak about education. One major point; reinventing classrooms with new technology.
Gov. Cuomo said, "There are some schools that have sophisticated new computer systems in the first grade. Some schools are where the most significant piece of electrical equipment is the metal detector you walk into on the way to the classroom. And that is just wrong in the state of New York."
The governor also wants to provide a full CUNY or SUNY scholarship to the top 10% of high school graduates if they pursue a math or science career and agree to work in the state for five years. The governor also highlighted getting young minds engaged early with full-time universal Pre-k statewide.
Dick Iannuzzi NYSUT President said, "Universal pre-K must be a reality because all of the other issues were talking about need that basic foundation."
But Iannuzzi has a few concerns, one being the resources to fund these things. The other Iannuzzi said, "I'm also concerned with the major issue facing education today on the minds of teachers parents and students is the common core implementation. I guess I would've liked to have heard the governor take leadership on that and hopefully we still will."
Another proposal from the governor, rewarding excellent teachers, those who rated highly effective on a valuations would be eligible to receive $20,000 as a bonus.
Dr. John King said, "We certainly support rewarding highly effective teaching. We know there's an opportunity to identify teaching practices and allow them to be mentors for their colleagues."
All of this, says it is part of our education reinvention, to replace 1950s bureaucracy with a 2020 performance organization.
Gov. Cuomo said, "We can do better. We must do better. We will do better. Let's invest in the future. Let's reimagine our classrooms for the next generation. Let's have the smartest classrooms in the nation because our children deserve nothing less than the best."